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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Anne's Story

Wound Care
“After receiving chemo and radiation to treat her bladder cancer, Anne Walz of Sauk Centre was diagnosed with radiation cystitis, which prevented her bladder from healing.”

Wound care helps patient get back to enjoying life

After receiving chemo and radiation to treat her bladder cancer, Anne Walz of Sauk Centre was diagnosed with radiation cystitis, which prevented her bladder from healing.

Instead of surgery to remove her bladder, Anne’s doctor recommended she receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a simple but effective treatment in which a patient breathes pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The therapy quickly and safely delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, increasing the body’s ability to heal.

Anne was apprehensive. “I’m claustrophobic,” she said. “So the thought of being inside a chamber scared me. But the chamber has clear sides that I could see through and I was able to watch game shows on TV while I received my treatments. If I needed anything, staff was always in the room with me. I could just tap on the window and they could talk to me by phone.”

Anne underwent 40 HBOT treatments from February to April 2016 at the CentraCare Wound Center in St. Cloud. “The staff there was terrific,” she said. “They took such great care of me.”